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The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees

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Author: Don Brown

Sibert Honor Medalist - New York Public Library Best Of 2018 - The Horn Book's Fanfare 2018 list - Kirkus Best Books of 2018 - YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Winner

In the tradition of two-time Sibert honor winner Don Brown's critically acclaimed, full-color nonfiction graphic novels The Great American Dust Bowl and Drowned City, The Unwanted is an important, timely, and eye-opening exploration of the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, exposing the harsh realities of living in, and trying to escape, a war zone.

Starting in 2011, refugees flood out of war-torn Syria in Exodus-like proportions. The surprising flood of victims overwhelms neighboring countries, and chaos follows. Resentment in host nations heightens as disruption and the cost of aid grows. By 2017, many want to turn their backs on the victims. The refugees are the unwanted.
Don Brown depicts moments of both heartbreaking horror and hope in the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis. Shining a light on the stories of the survivors, The Unwanted is a testament to the courage and resilience of the refugees and a call to action for all those who read.

Publisher: Clarion Books
Published: 09/18/2018
Pages: 112
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.00lbs
Size: 10.30h x 6.90w x 0.60d
ISBN: 9781328810151
Audience: Young Adult

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5.7
Point Value: 1
Interest Level: Middle Grade Plus
Quiz #/Name: 198183 / Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees

Award: Yalsa Award for Excellence in Non-Fiction for Young Adults - Winner
Award: Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award - Honor Book

Review Citation(s):
Shelf Awareness 11/26/2018
Publishers Weekly 07/09/2018
Kirkus Reviews 08/01/2018 pg. 163
Horn Book Magazine 09/01/2018 pg. 104
Kirkus Reviews Fall Preview 08/15/2018 pg. 74
School Library Journal 09/01/2018 pg. 142
Booklist 09/15/2018 pg. 47
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 12/01/2018
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2019 - Outstanding, Noteworthy In Style

About the Author
Don Brown is the award-winning creator of many picture-book biographies and graphic novels. He has been widely praised for his resonant storytelling and delicate watercolor paintings that evoke the excitement, pain, and joy of lives lived with passion. He lives in New York with his family. Visit him at and on Instagram @donsart.

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